Calculus 2 : Series and Functions

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Example Question #1 : Series And Functions

Consider:  .   Will the series converge or diverge? If converges, where does this coverge to?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a geometric series.  Use the following formula, where  is the first term of the series, and  is the ratio that must be less than 1.  If  is greater than 1, the series diverges.

Rationalize the denominator.

Example Question #2 : Series And Functions

Consider the following summation:  .  Does this converge or diverge?  If it converges, where does it approach?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The problem can be reconverted using a summation symbol, and it can be seen that this is geometric.

Since the ratio is less than 1, this series will converge.  The formula for geometric series is:

where  is the first term, and  is the common ratio.  Substitute these values and solve.

Example Question #3 : Series And Functions

A worm crawls up a wall during the day and slides down slowly during the night. The first day the worm crawls one meter up the wall. The first night the worm slides down a third of a meter. The second day the worm regains one third of the lost progress and slides down one third of that distance regained on the second night. This pattern of motion continues...

Which of the following is a geometric sum representing the distance the worm has travelled after  12-hour periods of motion? (Assuming day and night are both 12 hour periods).

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The sum must be alternating, and after one period you should have the worm at 1m. After two periods, the worm should be at 2/3m. There is only one sum for which that is true.

Example Question #4 : Series And Functions

Which of the following is a correct representation of the sum  in +... notation?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

By writing out the first few terms and factoring out a 10, we can arrive at a correct representation of the sum in +... notation.

The sum of the first term where k=4 is .

The term when k=5 is .

The term when k=6 is .

Creating the summation we get,

Example Question #5 : Series And Functions

One technique for determining whether a series converges is comparing it to a related improper integral.

Which of the following is the most correct proof of convergence for the series  ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

In the spirit of the direct comparison test, we can compare the convergent improper integral to the infinite sum, such that the sum is less than the convergent integral by interpreting the sum as a right hand Riemann sum. Note that you can depict the sum as either, with the property that in one case you get information about its convergence or divergence and in the other case you cannot say anything. We want to make sure for correctness that we assert the sum and integral are both positive, as a condition for making the comparison. 

By definition of the Comparison Test

Given that  where .

If  converges, then  also converges.

Example Question #6 : Series And Functions

To what value does the sum  converge?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The first term of the series is , and the common ratio is , so we can rewrite the series in the form    and use the formula  to arrive at the correct answer.

Example Question #7 : Series And Functions

Given that  converges, what can you say about  where  and .

Possible Answers:

Not enough information.

The sum must converge.

The sum is zero.

The sum must diverge.

Correct answer:

The sum must converge.

Explanation:

The sum must converge by the direct comparison test. All terms are positive and   is smaller than  for all k. Therefore by definition the sum must converge.

Example Question #8 : Series And Functions

A worm crawls up a wall during the day and slides down slowly during the night. The first day the worm crawls one meter up the wall. The first night the worm slides down a third of a meter. The second day the worm regains one third of the lost progress and slides down one third of that distance regained on the second night. This pattern of motion continues...

 

Which of the following is a correct expression for the distance the worm has travelled after the second night?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is just a finite sum of the distance the worm travelled and fell each day.

The first day the worm traveled a postive one meter.

Over the night he lost one third of a meter. This can be translated into math terms as .

He continued this ratio progression each day.

Example Question #9 : Series And Functions

A worm crawls up a wall during the day and slides down slowly during the night. The first day the worm crawls one meter up the wall. The first night the worm slides down a third of a meter. The second day the worm regains one third of the lost progress and slides down one third of that distance regained on the second night. This pattern of motion continues...

How high off the ground will the worm eventually end up if he keeps at it forever?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a geometric series with an  and  so will converge to:

Example Question #10 : Introduction To Series In Calculus

Which is the correct Maclaurin series representation for ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The general form for the Maclaurin series for  is 

To find the series representation for , simply substitute  in place of  in the series for .

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